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Georgia Week 5 Notes and Scores

Surprise, We’re 5-0!

Meadowcreek improved to 5-0 with a 42-28 victory over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-4). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 300 yards and five touchdowns for the Mustangs. The victory assures the Mustangs their first non-losing season since 1997. Meadowcreek is now 1-0 in region play and will face Berkmar (0-5) next week and with a victory would clinch the first winning season in school history since 1990 (the schools fifth year of football).  Through five games Williams has amassed over 1200 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.

Douglas County (5-0) defeated region and family feud foe Langston Hughes (3-2) 30-27 in a back and forth affair featuring a pair of solid running backs showcasing their talents. Douglas County jumped out to a 10-0 lead after a pick six touchdown by Xavier Hopson and a field goal. Langston Hughes then took a 14-10 lead after a Caleb Vaughn to Nae’Saan Dickerson touchdown pass and a Christian Roylaston touchdown run in the second quarter which held until halftime.  After another Royalston touchdown run put Langston Hughes up 20-10, Uriah West rushed for a pair of touchdowns for a 23-20 Tigers lead. Royalston and the Panthers was not done as Royalston ripped off a 70-yard touchdown to for a 27-23 lead. Douglas County would get the last word when Marquise Collins connected with Dariyan Wiley for a 75-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown.  The win marked the first 5-0 start for Douglas County since 2002.

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One-Sided Clash In Classic City!

Clarke Central (4-1) jumped on Cedar Shoals (3-1) early and often in a 48-7 rout of their crosstown rivals in the region opener for both. The Gladiators scored three defensive touchdowns (pick six, scoop and score, and a fumble recovery in the end zone). Jack Mangel connected with Jacob Dula on a touchdown pass for a 7-0 Clarke Central lead, Mangel passed for two touchdowns in the game. Cedar Shoals responded with a drive that stalled deep in Gladiator territory and missed a field goal, the contest was never close again. Clarke Central came one point shy of tying the all-time series record for points scored by one team (49) while posting all 48 points in the first half. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock. Jonathan Sewell and O’Brien Bryant rushed for touchdowns for Clarke Central.

Other Games/Scores Of Interest

Ira Henderson returned his second kickoff return for a touchdown this season as Stephenson (3-2) defeated Mundy’s Mill (0-5) 38-14. Javier Morton returned an interception for a touchdown for Stephenson.

Taurean Taylor rushed for three touchdowns while Travon Ford hooked up with Josh Vann on a pair of touchdown passes as Tucker (4-1) shutout ML King (2-3) 44-0. David Davis rushed for a touchdown and Jalen Jefferson recorded a safety for the Tigers.

Tift (6-0) defeated Coffee (3-1) 33-31 on a game-winning field goal by Fernando Ramirez with five seconds remaining. Coffee overcame an early 21-0 hole to take a 31-30 lead with a Wade Sumner to Dalrone Donaldson touchdown pass with just over four minutes remaining. Tift quarterback Griffin Collier finished with over 300 yards passing, four touchdowns, two of them to standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Dalrone Donaldson caught two touchdowns for Coffee. Tift improved to 6-0, it’s best start since 1993.

Carterville (5-0) won it’s 35th consecutive game with a 41-7 victory over Cedartown. Trevor Lawrence passed for three touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for and caught a touchdown for Cartersville.  Cartersville had held its last three opponents (Calhoun, Westlake and Cedartown) to 18 total points.

Tri-Cities (1-3) won its first game of the season to snap a 13-game losing streak with a 41-6 win over Creekside (0-5). Tarez Huddleston passed for four touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Creekside has only scored 22 total points this season.

McEachern (3-2)  trailed 13-9 at halftime to Camden County (2-3) before scoring 29 unanswered points in the second half to win 38-13. Jaron Hall returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass for the Indians. Malik Evans rushed for two touchdowns and Ali Scott had a rushing touchdown for McEachern. Logan Berryhill caught a touchdown for Camden County.

Colquitt County (5-1) used four field goals from Ryan Fitzgerald to defeat Valdosta (2-4) 27-0. Ty Leggett scored the only offensive touchdown of the game with a four-yard run late in the second quarter.

Grayson (4-0) 74-0 over International School of Broward (FL) (1-2). DJ Irons passed for four touchdowns while J’Kori Jones passed for three touchdowns for the Rams. Grayson is now 3-0 this season in out-of-state games and will play their final non-Georgia opponent this Friday when they host Ramsay (AL) (4-1). Ramsay has won three straight games and is currently ranked in the Alabama Class 6A Top 5.

Lovejoy (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-33 victory over Drew (1-4). Zion Custis rushed for three touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Cedar Grove (5-0) won their 15th straight game by defeating the last team to beat them, Westminster (1-4) 41-10. The 15-game winning streak is a new school record.

Rome (4-0) defeated Paulding County (1-4) 62-0. Rome will host Carrollton (4-0) in a class 5A top 10 matchup this week. Carrollton defeated Woodland-Cartersville (2-3) 41-6.

East Coweta (4-1) defeated Arabia Mountain (3-2) 48-14; East Coweta has won four in a row since their season opening loss to Lovejoy. Arabia Mountain has dropped two in a row since a 3-0 start.

Winder-Barrow (5-0) defeated North Oconee (1-4) 17-14

North Gwinnett (4-1)  defeated Mountain View (4-1) 27-14

Westlake (2-3) defeated Lithonia (1-4) 45-12

Hapeville Charter (5-0) defeated South Atlanta (2-4) 42-7






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South Pointe (SC) Tops Buford

Buford (2-1) suffers its first-ever out-of-state loss falling 33-27 to South Pointe (SC) (4-0). South Pointe quarterback Derion Kendrick powered the Stallions victory rushing for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns while passing for a pair of touchdowns. Buford entered the game allowing only 110 yards rushing through two games, Kendrick rushed for 110 in the first half.

Buford used special teams to take an early lead and to stay in the game multiple times. Mick Reese recovered a high snap on a punt in the end zone for a touchdown to crack the scoring seal as Buford led 7-0.

South Pointe answered on the following possession going 77 yards capping the drive with a Kendrick to Scott Robinson Jr 38-yard touchdown pass to knot it 7-7. In the second quarter Kendrick danced around Buford’s defense capping  another 77-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run while evading several Buford defenders before lowering his shoulder for the score and the 14-7 lead. Kendrick accounted for every yard on the drive.

Buford’s special teams got back in on the act again as Eli Turner raced of the right edge to block BT Potter’s 32-yard field goal attempt. Buford cashed it in 61 yards later with an Anthony Grant 3-yard touchdown run pulling even 14-14, which stood til halftime.

South Pointe’s defense led by Eli Adams and Deangelo Huskey gave Buford fits all night. On Buford’s opening second half possession, Jaylen Mahoney intercepted Aaron McLaughlin setting up a 36-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick to Robinson on the following play for a 21-14 South Pointe lead.

The team exchanged punts and again it was Buford’s special teams putting up points as Austin Turner returned a punt 70-yards for a touchdown to pull Buford to within 21-20 with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter after the extra point attempt failed due to a bad snap and hold.

Potter added a field goal for South Pointe in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 24-20. Buford answered that score with Grant’s second touchdown run of the game early in the fourth quarter for a 27-24 Buford lead.

The lead was short lived as Kendrick engineered a Stallions drive that he finished with a 17-yard touchdown run for a 28-27 lead. BT Potter added his second field goal of the game to extend South Pointe’s lead to 31-27. After a South Pointe fumble, Buford’s McLaughlin was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for the final 33-27 margin.

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Other Games:

Sharrod Frazier rushed for a pair of touchdowns as Brunswick (2-1) had five different players rush for a total of six touchdowns in a 43-27 victory over Camden County. Brooks Bryan passed for two touchdowns and  Jeremiah Compton return an interception 99 yards for a touchdown for Camden County. Brunswick’s victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to Camden County.

Clarke Central’s O’Brien Barnett rushed for three touchdowns while Jonathan Sewell rushed for a 92 yard touchdown as the Gladiators (3-1) defeated North Oconee (1-3) 47-20. Gladiator quarterback Jack Mangel passed for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown. Kapre Forbes continued his excellent season in the punt return department with a 74-yard return that set up Barnett’s final touchdown run.

Brookwood (2-2) used a dominating rushing attack to upset Colquitt County (4-1) 45-25. Dante Brown rushed for over 250 yards and five touchdowns for the Broncos. Brookwood led 21-0 after the first quarter with all three touchdown coming via Brown. Daijun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns for Colquitt County.

Winder-Barrow (4-0) scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Loganville (0-4) 17-14. Brock Landis rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter for the Bulldoggs. Jamar Mack rushed for a touchdown for the Bulldoggs. Winder-Barrow is 4-0 for the first time since 2007.

Meadowcreek (4-0) won its fourth straight game and is 4-0 for the first-time ever after a 38-0 victory over Lithonia (1-3). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Williams has rush for over 100 yards in every game so far this season.

Stephenson(2-2) handed Lovejoy (2-3) its third straight loss with a 14-7 win. Darren Parker and Deondre Jackson rushed for a touchdown for Stephenson. Love’s joys only score came on a  late in the second quarter to give Stephenson a 14-0 lead. Jordan Huntington passed for a touchdown for Lovejoy, who wasted a number of scoring chances in the red zone most of the night.

Other Scores Of Interest:

Mays defeated 49-7 New Manchester

Miller Grove defeated Lakeside-Dekalb 18-16

Cedar Grove defeated Lovett 41-14

Tift defeated Parkview 50-37

Dutchtown 10-7 over Heritage-Conyers

McEachern 28-9 over Westlake

Langston Hughes defeated Tri-Cities 20-12

Stockbridge 33-3 over Ola






Georgia HSFB Update Sept 30th

Roswell (5-0) continued its impressive defensive play this season shutting out its second straight opponent with a 17-0 victory over Milton. The Hornets have not allowed more than seven points (Buford in season opener) in a game this season. Sheldon Evans rushed for two touchdowns for the Hornets.

Mill Creek (6-0) pulled away from North Gwinnett (3-3) late in the second quarter and posted its second straight victory over the Bulldogs 44-17. Cameron Turley passed for three touchdowns and Cole Wroble rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Hawks

Lowndes (6-1) racked up over 600 yards of total offense to defeat Ware County 56-35. Ware County (2-3) jumped out to a 14-0 lead only to see the Vikings roar back with a strong third quarter and cruise to victory.

Nolan Donley hit Demond Ellison on a 40-yard touchdown pass with less than thirty seconds remaining as Cherokee (3-3) knocked off Etowah (4-2) 28-21. Etowah’s Tyray Devezin rushed for two touchdowns in the loss.

Norcross (6-0) defeated Parkview (3-2) in the battle of quarterbacks committed to play collegiate baseball. Norcross’ Byron Radcliff passed for three touchdowns as the Blue Devils defeated Parkview for the seventh time in the last eight meetings 38-15.

Trailing 14-13 with less than five minutes remaining, Daetrich Harrington raced 55 yards for a touchdown as Alexander (5-0) defeated Northgate 21-14. Kyle Cater rushed for a touchdown for Northgate in defeat.

Lovejoy (4-3) defeated Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (2-4) 35-9. Lovejoy QB John Seter passed for three touchdowns as the Wildcats improved to 4-0 in region play with a 35-9 victory.

Camden County (2-4) picked up its second win of the season by displacing Forest Park 67-14. Camden County scored more than 17 points in a game for the first time this season. Forest Park (0-7; one loss by forfeit) scored a season-high 14 points, cracking the double digit mark for the first time this season. Forest Park head coach Dale Myers is a native of Kingsland, GA and former Camden County player.In his second second, Myers has yet to pick up a victory as Forest Park is now 0-16 under Myers. Forest Park has not won more than three games since a seven-win season in 2000 and have had eleven head coaches during that span.

Preston Taylor nailed a 39-yard field goal with one second remaining to give Newton (4-1-1) a 13-12 victory over South Gwinnett (4-2). South Gwinnett took a 12-10 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Dawson Newman with less than a minute remaining. Blake Brok rushed for Newton’s lone touchdown.

Leading 20-0 in the third quarter, Shaun Jolly returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown as Stephenson (3-3) defeated Jonesboro (0-6) 27-0.

Tucker (5-1) defeated Mundy’s Mill (1-5) 34-14. Tucker quarterback Xavier Sheppard passed for a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

Isaiah Green passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two more as Langston Hughes (5-1) defeated Creekside 35-34. Creekside (4-2) scored with just over one minute remaining in the game however failed on the two-point conversion attempt.

Georgia HSFB Update Sept. 16th

Oconee County (4-0) won its fourth straight game with a 28-10 victory over previously undefeated Cedar Shoals (3-1). Sam Middlebrooks hit Roques Dowty on a 52-yard touchdown pass on the Warriors opening possession for a 7-0 lead which held to halftime. Trent Harris got Cedar Shoals on the board in the third quarter with a field goal to pull the Jaguars to within 7-3. In the fourth quarter Oconee County put the game away with touchdown runs from Champ Hall, Jared Hood and Christian Casey. Jaivanni McDavid returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown for the Jaguars only touchdown of the game. Cedar Shoals’ three-game win streak, it’s longest since 2007, was snapped with the loss.

Camden County (1-3) won its first game of the season getting a 7-6 decision over Brunswick (2-2). Mickey Packard scored for Camden County while Brunswick quarterback Jamarius Stevens scored for the Pirates. Stevens missed the PAT to leave the score 7-6 which held for the final margin.  Former Camden County Wildcat running back Brandon McMaster- now at Brunswick, finished with over 100 all-purpose yards for the Pirates against his former mates. Brunswick’s two losses have came by a combined two points-both off missed extra points.

Greater Atlanta Christian broke open a 9-7 halftime game in the third quarter with two touchdown passes from quarterback Davis Mills to Harrison Sloan and Trey Morrison. Mills finished with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown as GAC (3-1) defeated St. Pius (0-4) 37-7.

Lovejoy QB John Seter (17) attempts a pass against Stockbridge

Lovejoy (2-3) improved to 2-0 in region play with a 28-27 victory over Stephenson (1-3). Lovejoy quarterback John Seter- a transfer from The Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, was 15-of-24 for 301 yards, three touchdowns with one interception passing. Through five games (four games played) Seter has passed for 933 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Grayson (2-1) defeated Deerfield Beach (FL) (1-2) 39-14. DeAngelo Gibbs caught two touchdown passes and Jamyest Williams returned an interception for a touchdown in the Rams second straight victory. Grayson is now 1-1 in interstate games this season with interstate games against Ramsay (AL) and Hoover (AL) remaining this season.

Quarterback Patrick Ferris passed for three touchdowns and Tyray Devezin rushed for another as Etowah (4-1) defeated Milton (2-2) 28-10. Blake Jones continued his stellar play with two touchdown receptions. Jones had interceptions in the previous two games against Spartanburg (SC) and East Coweta late in the fourth quarter to seal Etowah victories. Jackson Sisk also caught a touchdown pass for Etowah.


Other Games Of Interest: 

Mays (3-1) routed New Manchester (0-4) 51-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Raiders have won three consecutive games and the lone loss to Stockbridge, was by one point.

Colquitt County (1-4) won its first game of the season 52-14 over Brookwood (2-2). Colquitt chalked up its first-ever victory over Brookwood in the fourth all-time meeting in the series. Brookwood has lost two straight since opening the season with wins over North Gwinnett and Walton but have a favorable schedule upcoming in the next few weeks as region play opens. The Packers hit the road to face undefeated Valdosta (5-0) next.

Dwayne Davis picked his first victory as head coach of Mundy’s Mill (1-3) with a 33-13 victory over M.L. King (2-2).

Norcross defeated Archer 34-16 behind three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown from quarterback Baron Radcliff. Tyler Ranel returned a kickoff 99 yard for a touchdown for Archer .

Lowndes (4-1) defeated Newton 42-34 for its fourth straight win. The Vikings have scored 35 or more points in all four victories this season after being held to only 13 points in the season opener against Valdosta (5-0)

Clarke Central (2-2) snapped its two-game losing streak with a 45-21 victory over North Oconee (0-4).  Jonathan Swelled rushed for over 175 yards and two touchdowns for the Gladiators. Clarke Central is at rival Cedar Shoals this Friday in the region opener for both.

Tucker (3-1) won its region opener  58-0 region over Jonesboro. Jonesboro (0-5) has only scored nine points through its first five games and have been outscored 149-0 the last three weeks against Spalding (3-1), McEachern (3-1) and Tucker. Jonesboro went 11-2 last season and have several transfers this season.

Northgate (4-0) defeated Creekside (3-1) in a 61-48 region game shootout. Both teams figure to fight with Mays (3-1), Douglas County (3-1), Alexander (3-0) and Langston Hughes (3-1) for playoff spots in the underrated yet extremely tough region 5-6A.

McEachern (3-1) scored a season-low six points in a 6-2 victory at Westlake (1-3). McEachern has not scored an offensive touchdown in two of its last three games against Grayson (scored touchdowns on punt and interception returns), Jonesboro (won 69-0) and Westlake (scored on two field goals). Westlake under first-year head coach Kareem Reid- who previously was a head coach in Florida, face Lithonia (1-3; defeated Meadowcreek for its first win this season last week) this Friday before opening region play against East Coweta (3-1) in two weeks. East Coweta’s lone loss came to North Cobb (3-1) who handed Etowah (3-1) its only loss this season so far 24-20.





Aderhold Passes Mays By Lovejoy

The 3rd annual Inner City Classic featured the 6A Lovejoy Wildcats against the 5A Mays Raiders at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Lovejoy entered ranked tenth in 6A while Mays entered the contest unranked riding a three-game win streak.

Lovejoy got out of the gate quickly going up 14-0 on the strength of an 18-yard touchdown run by Kevin Morris and a 6-yard touchdown run by Rico Tilley.

Mays answered back with 19 unanswered points. The first of those points were set up by an interception returned to the Lovejoy three by Ferlando Jordan. Two plays later AJ Coyeano scored on a 3-yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter to pull Mays within 14-7.

Mays continued its run in the second quarter thanks to starting quarterback Asahnia Aderhold and Tyshawn Brown leading the charge. Over a span of four plays the duo hooked up twice for touchdowns. Aderhold sat out Mays previous possession as Joe Turner guided the Mays offense on a good drive which ended with a missed field goal. Once Aderhold got back in the game, he made his presence known and never sat out another series. Aderhold hit Brown for a 53-yard pass play setting up their 24-yard touchdown connection two plays later to pull Mays within one at 14-13 after the two-point conversion failed. Lovejoy was flagged for roughing the passer on the touchdown meaning Mays would kick off from the Lovejoy 45. The Raiders attempted and recovered an onside kick. On the next play Aderhold hit Brown for a 34-yard touchdown giving Mays the 19-14 lead with 10:06 remaining in the second quarter.

Rico Tilley added an 18-yard touchdown run with 5:43 left in the half for a 21-19 Lovejoy lead which held until halftime. Tilley finished with two rushing touchdowns on the night.

In the second half Aderhold found a new target as Mays continued to click. The Raiders capped an 8-play 82-yard drive with an Aderhold to Julius Whitehead 19-yard touchdown pass. On their next possession Aderhold and Whitehead hooked up again on a 4-yard touchdown pass capping a 9-play 62-yard drive putting Mays up 34-21 with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter.

Lovejoy’s Malik Route caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mays transfer quarterback Quintarius Neely to make it 34-28 with 5:31 left in the fourth. The Raiders came right back with the Aderhold-Whitehead connection again, this time from 18 yards out capping a 7-play 75 yard drive giving Mays the 40-28 lead with 2:21 left.

Lovejoy’s top flight receiver Preston Williams finally got in the scoring column with a 9-yard touchdown reception from Neely to keep Lovejoy alive at 40-35. Mays recovered the onside kick attempt and ran out the clock for the win. Williams-the nations top wide receiver was held to 5 receptions 53 yards and a touchdown. Williams was covered most of the night one-on-one by Mays’ Khalil Brooks, Brooks improved his stock with his performance tonight. It was the second straight week Williams was held under 100 yards receiving.

Aderhold finished with over 300 yards passing with five touchdowns, Brown snagged four balls for 116 yards and two touchdowns while Whitehead grabbed five balls for 87 yards and three touchdowns for Mays.

Defensively Mays was led by Brooks, Natrez Patrick and Marquez Daniels.

Mays (4-1) won its third straight contest and will turn their attention to sub-region for and defending 5A state champion Creekside next week.

Lovejoy (3-2) will attempt to rebound next week when region play begins on the road against Rockdale County.

High School Football Scrimmage Action

The High School Football season is upon us even if it is more than a week away from officially starting around the region, a region where the weather in August has been historically kind. Before all the “classic” game action and bevy of TV games hits us in a week or so, reps and experience against live competition is underway via scrimmage action. It’s that time when booster clubs slowly begin to ramp it up because they support a team/school/program that may have a shot at winning a state title.

Here are some results and notes from scrimmages held on Friday.

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North Gwinnett 9 Stephenson 7: Stephenson’s defense was swarming to the ball most of the night but the North Gwinnett defense struck first scoring on a short fumble return for a touchdown when Bobby Young stripped the running back and scored.

Lovejoy 27 Peachtree Ridge 21: Lovejoy amassed 330 yards of offense in only two quarters. Junior Wide Receiver Preston Williams caught two touchdowns. Williams missed all of last season with a hip injury after having a productive summer on the 7-on-7 circuits.

Tucker 24 Marist 3: Dominic Sanders scored three touchdowns for Tucker including 71-yard TD run in the first quarter.

Byrnes (SC) 42 Erwin (NC) 26: Byrnes’ Shaedon Meadors had a 42yd touchdown reception and running back Isaiah Hill scored a 52-yard touchdown on a screen play.

Buford 47 Berkmar 0: Buford did well in the tune up and Berkmar will take morale victories and seek to improve as they play in the rugged Region 8-6A in Georgia. Buford plays in Class 3A.

Camden County 40 Milton 7: Harrison Poole scored touchdowns of 42 and 80 yards, he is a sophomore. Junior Antonio Wimbush scored on an 80-yard touchdown and recorded a sack. Ryan Johnson returned a punt 53-yards for a touchdown and Wimbush had a punt return over 30-odd yards as well. Camden threw the ball more than a couple of times meaning, it’s in their playbook, they’ll decide when to pull it out. Treyvon Paulk of Milton may have went over 70 yards on the ground but that is not official.

Gainesville (GA) 28 Grayson (GA) 27: Highly-touted and Clemson commit QB Deshaun Watson passed for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aares McCall led Grayson on the ground with over 100 yards. Grayson scored a defensive touchdown in the game.

Valdosta 7 Ware County 6: Quarterback? Valdosta trailed 6-0 in the middle of the 4th quarter to the Georgia 2012 5A runner-up Ware County Gators before ending a drive, led by quarterback Jacob McMillan, in the end zone. Valdosta is searching for a quarterback since starter Cole Massengill went down with a season-ending injury in practice earlier this month.

Cedar Shoals 35 Oconee County 21: Senior QB Darius Jordan threw 4 TD passes for Cedar Shoals. Breon Mitchell had 2 scores, Tyler Hitchcock, Sam Hemphill and Ryan Huff also scored touchdowns.

Other scores of interest:
Mauldin (SC) 21 Greenville (SC) 14
Coffee County (GA) 21 Cook (GA) 7
Lowndes 41 Thomasville 0
Jacksonville (FL) 12 Brunswick (GA) 0
Walton 33 South Cobb 7
Hart County 44 Habersham Central 17
Gaffney (SC) 36 Woodruff (SC) 35
Mill Creek 20 Parkview 13
Hiram 26 Harrison 21
B.T. Washington (GA) 41 Douglass (GA) 0

Norcross Wins First State Title In Thriller Over Lovejoy

The Georgia Class 6A championship game lived up to all of the billing even if there were only 35 combined points scored in the game.

After a scoreless first quarter Lovejoy cracked the scoreboard first in the second quarter when Alejandro Bennifield hit Jumichael Ramos on a 60-yard touchdown pass to give Lovejoy the 7-0 lead that would hold until halftime. Lovejoy dominated in the first half out-gaining Norcross 175-67 in total offense.

Lovejoy remained in full control of the football game and they could thank their defense for that as they held Norcross to only 3 points after Norcross has two trips inside the red zone. Lovejoy would grab more of the momentum with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter after a 6-yard touchdown pass from Alejandro Bennifield to Brandon Davis gave them a 14-3 lead following a fumble by Norcross. They would hold that lead until the 7:17 mark of the fourth quarter.

“Offensively we were a little frustrated because they did somethings and were able to man us up a little bit more than we thought they were going to be able to and it took us a little bit of time to work the next step and we were able to find the mismatches and got some things done”, Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said afterwards

Once Norcross found those mismatches it would all change as Norcross put together a rally that will go down in the school’s history forever as that scored 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and won them their first-ever state championship in football capping a perfect 15-0 season.

Following a Lovejoy punt, Norcross  marched 62 yards in 4 plays capping it with a Joseph Wilber touchdown pass to Myles Autry from 11-yards out to trim the Lovejoy lead to 14-9 after a failed two-point conversation with 7:17 left. Autry was slowed by a left knee injury and had been used only in spots in the first three quarters but was seemingly full throttle in the fourth quarter finishing with two big receptions for 21 yards and that touchdown all coming in the fourth quarter.  Autry’s presence alone seemed to infuse life into Norcross.

“Man Myles, he’s a great player, him being in the game is an extra person they have to account for. With him scoring that touchdown it gave us a real big boost, it was one of the key components that helped us pull out this victory”, Norcross running back Alvin Kamara said.

Norcross’ defense stood tall and gave the offense a shot by forcing Lovejoy to punt again. They would reward that defensive effort as Joseph Wilber hit Alvin Kamara on third-down and long for a 61-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline giving Norcross their first lead of the game 15-14 after another failed two-point conversion with 4:25 remaining in the contest.

Norcross’ defense would rise again in the biggest of moments stopping Lovejoy’s Travis Custis on fourth down at the Lovejoy 31. Custis finished with only 61 yards on 20 carries and did not score a touchdown. Alejandro Bennifield finished 11-26 180 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“At halftime the defense, they were jacked up, they were ready to come out and play. It was not like they were coming out feeling sorry for themselves”,  Keith Maloff stated

Kamara would do the rest scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run to cap a 5-play 31-yard drive in which Kamara carried the ball all  five times. Kamara however was flagged for excessive celebration, Lovejoy took the penalty on the extra-point which Norcross missed and it was 21-14 Norcross with 1:33 remaining in the fourth.

“We got down and my team does not give up. These coaches would not allow us to give up. Some of my teammates had their heads down a little bit and I kind of hyped them back up reminding them it was not over, this is what we do, we are warriors this is what we preach all week and all year we’ve been preaching it and so we kept fighting “,  Kamara said afterwards.

Brandon Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to the Norcross 47 and the Wildcats had 78 seconds to save what had been a fourth quarter to forget. They would not save it as four plays later the Norcross defense made another big play as Jaquan Frazier intercepted Bennifield’s pass at the Norcross 25 sealing the victory and state title for the Norcross Blue Devils.

“I didn’t have any doubt, I just needed my teammates behind me, my coaches and my community and we got it done. It was a team effort, you see all these Norcross fans that came out to support us and that is what really did it for us”, Kamara said.

Kamara finished with 35 carries 117 yards and one touchdown rushing, passed for 34 yards and caught two passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.

What about winning Norcross’ first ever state title in football and the ramifications of that, how does that feel we asked Alvin Kamara.

“That is what I set out to do at the beginning of the season,to be different. I talked to my coaches about it, being the first to bring Norcross to the semifinals and first to bring Norcross a state championship”, Kamara said.

So what about the head Coach Kevin Maloof who had never won a state title including a previous stop at Tucker who has won two state titles under former head coach Frankin Stephens in 2008 and 2011?

“They had to learn how to win and once they did it was all about winning region titles and winning state championships. Obviously we wish would have done it a lot earlier but by gosh we’ll take it now because it ain’t no sweeter that how it is right now, I would not trade this for anything else”, Maloof said.

Norcross is ranked highly in several national polls and with some teams ahead of them losing over the past few weeks they have an outside shot at a “national title” in some of these polls.

When asked if he would take his Norcross team up against anybody in the country Maloof said.

“Your darn right, right now I would I sure would. I’d take this team this team over any team in the country”, he said.

State Finals Set In Georgia Class 6A

Since the end of last season, through mat drills, spring practices, summer passing camps and hot summer practices the goal of a high school football team is to win the state championship. The final two teams are left for a chance to accomplish that feat. The Georgia High School Association state championship game in class 6A (AAAAAA) is set. Here are the teams that will play and what they did in their semifinal games to advance.

Semifinal: Colquitt County at Norcross

Coming off their first ever trip to the semifinals the Norcross will make their first ever appearance in the state championship game after a 41-27 win over Colquitt County. Norcross never trailed in the game and scored the most points against Colquitt County this season. Norcross’ standout running back Alvin Kamara again put on a show in front of several college coaches in attendance rushing for 135 yards and touchdown. Kamara also caught a 65-yard touchdown pass on the night. Norcross jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never gave Colquitt County a chance to stay in the ballgame. Norcross quarterback Joseph Wilbur passed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as well.

Colquitt County’s points were scored on a John Boatwright touchdown run, a Daniel Mobley to Bobby Hill touchdown pass and cosmetic touchdown pass late in the game from Cole Seagraves to Todd Boyd. Will Bannister kicked two field goals for the Packers.

Norcross improves to 14-0 and is the only undefeated team in Georgia’s highest classification and will face Lovejoy for the state championship next Saturday night.

Semifinal: North Cobb at Lovejoy

Lovejoy advances to the state championship game in their first season in the highest classification (6A) in Georgia with a 63-42 win over North Cobb. Overall it will be the Wildcats second consecutive state championship game in as many seasons (they lost to Tucker in the 2011 Class 4A title game). North Cobb jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter before Lovejoy would wake up. When the Wildcats did they roared and loud at that behind the running of Travis Custis and the play of their scoring defense. Custus would rip of a 63-yard touchdown run and Alejandro Bennefield would toss a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jumichael Ramos to pull the score even at 21 late in the quarter. The the Lovejoy defense went to work as Brandon Davis returned an interception 80-yards for a touchdown in the waning seconds of the first half to give Lovejoy the 28-21 halftime lead.

After the intermission the Lovejoy defense didn’t take long to score again when Montrell Custis returned and interception 50-yards for a touchdown on North Cobb’s opening possession of the half to cap 28 unanswered points by the Wildcats and give them the 35-21 lead. Lovejoy picked off North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen four times in the game.

Nick Miller would get North Cobb right back into the game returning the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to give the Warriors excellent field position at the Lovejoy 25. From there Miller would catch a 26-yard touchdown pass to pull North Cobb within seven at 35-28.

Lovejoy was not phased and promptly ripped off 21 straight points when Bennefield hit Brandon Davis for a 40-yard touchdown pass and Travis Custis ripped off two more touchdown runs of 28 and 24 yards to give Lovejoy the commanding 56-28 lead.

North Cobb would get another touchdown from running back J’Vonte Herrod but it would be answered right back by another Travis Custis touchdown run from 23-yards out. On the night Travis Custis rushed for 293 yards in 28 carries and scored five touchdowns.

Xavier Borishade returned the final Lovejoy kickoff 82-yards for a touchdown for the games final margin.

Norcross and Lovejoy will play Saturday December 15th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff scheduled for 8:30pm EST.

Georgia 6A Playoffs Move Into Quarterfinals; Updated Brackets

Georgia 6A Playoff brackets

Game Briefs:

J.J. Green raced 48-yards on the Wildcats first play of scrimmage for a touchdown to give Camden the early 7-0 lead. Green would later add another touchdown run for his 50th as a Camden County Wildcat, tying Brandon West for first in the schools all-time history. Green has scored 300 total points and is second behind Brandon West (304 points) by four points for most points scored in Camden County history. Antonio Wimbush added a  67-yard  punt return touchdown while Brice Ramsey tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kalvarez Bessent in Camden’s 34-14 win over East Coweta. Bessent also added a touchdown run for the Wildcats. Camden County scored 20 unanswered points to open the second half to break open a tight game which was 14-7 at halftime. Camden will host Norcross in the quarterfinals next week.

Norcross’s Alvin Kamara ran for three touchdowns and piled up over 180 yards rushing as the Blue Devils defeated South Gwinnett for the second time this 2012 season 27-7 to advance to the quarterfinals against Camden County. Electric junior Myles Autry scored a touchdown via the run game for Norcross to open the scoring, the rest of the Norcross points were scored by Kamara. South Gwinnett’s touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Jordan Ramsey to Bernard Robinson in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout.

Lovejoy set the tone by taking a  7-0 lead after Arshard Jackson caught a touchdown pass on their way to a 36-15 win over Marietta. Marietta jumped on a Lovejoy mistake picking up a botched snap on a field goal attempt and Onterrio Lay returned it 60-plus yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, Marietta cashed in the two-point conversion and led for the only time 8-7. After that Lovejoy  ripped off 29 unanswered points before Marietta added a late touchdown and Lovejoye punched their ticket to the quarterfinals against North Gwinnett.  Lovejoy quarterback Alejandro Bennefield tossed 3 touchdown passes on the night and running back Travis Custis powered the Wildcat running game with 96 yards rushing on 23 carries and caught a touchdown pass. Jeff Murphy also had a touchdown reception and Brandon Davis returned an interceptions 105 yards for a touchdown for Lovejoy. Davis also has an 88-yard block field goal return and 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the postseason. Marietta’s only offensive touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Anthony Jennings hit Tyree Harris on a 44-yard scoring pass. Lovejoy’s defense shutdown the explosive offensive attack of the Marietta Blue Devils all night recording multiple tackles for loss for in the game.

North Gwinnett took points however they could get them against a nationally-rated Grayson Ram defense to advance 28-10. North Gwinnett kicker Michael D’Angola kicked four field goals to give North Gwinnett a 12-3 lead into the third quarter. North Gwinnett’s defense would force four Grayson turnovers and the special teams would record a safety after a bad snap by Grayson. Dante Sawyer had a force fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception for the Bulldogs defensively. Wideout Nate Brown tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chad Scott for North Gwinnett’s only touchdown of the game on a reverse pass. Grayson’s Corey Schaffer caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Mill Creek’s Jacorey Lewis continued to pile up the yardage and touchdowns in his senior season. Lewis’ rushed for over 230 yards and with three touchdowns while Mill Creek scored touchdowns on their first eight possessions a 56-21 win over Brookwood. Brookwood defeated Mill Creek during the 2012 regular season 31-21. The 56 points given up by Brookwood were a school record. Mill Creek quarterback Daniel David passed for over 100 yards and a touchdown and rushed for three touchdowns on the night. Jamaal Cole led Brookwood with over 180 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Colquitt County survived a war with Newnan to adavance to the quarterfinals. John Boatwright scored on a 20-yard touchdown run with 1:38 remaining to lift Colquitt County to the 26-23 win. Colquitt County will travel to Parkview for the quarterfinals.

Parkview won its second consecutive overtime playoff game with a 26-23 win over West Forsyth. Justis Rosser, as he did last week, ended the game for Parkview with a 15-yard touchdown run to lift Parkview into the quarterfinals. Parkview quarterback Rob Youngblood passed for over 100 yards and hit Mac Marshall on a 37-yard touchdown pass for the visiting Panthers. The Panthers defense has been a staple of it all season coming form the rugged Region 8 held West Forsyth, who entered the game averaging 41.9 point per game, to only 23. Parkview will host Colquitt County in the quarterfinals.

North Cobb advanced to the quarterfinals behind the running of back J’Vonte Herrod who tallied five touchdowns on the evening for the Warriors in their 42-14 win over fourth-year program Langston Hughes. Latrell Gibbs returned a fumble on a kickoff 25-yards to account for the other North Cobb touchdown. Langston Hughes’ quarterback Kenny Moxey passed for two touchdowns hitting Keion Davis and Bingo Morton in the loss.

Norcross Wins Region 7-6A, Camden County Cruises, ML King Wins As Does Lovejoy; All Remain Undefeated

The Norcross Blue Devils were looking to bring home their first outright region championship since 2006 when they went on the road again against a major opponent, this time to Peachtree Ridge.  It would not take the Blue Devils long to explode and jump back on the bus home with a 36-3 win to clinch the region title.

Norcross’ defense would yield 78 yards of offense to the Lions on their opening drive through 12 plays but on the 13th play Bryson Sellers would fumble and Kevin Mouton scooped it up and would have scored had he kept his feet, he didn’t and was down at the Norcross 29 yard line.

After that the fireworks began when Myles Autry broke free of two defenders and raced 67 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Norcross lead. From there the tone was set and the game was never in question. Joseph Wilbur would find Trey Smith on a 31-yard touchdown pass to cap a 4-play 56-yard drive for a 13-0 lead after a failed extra point attempt with 37 seconds left in the opening quarter (a personal foul penalty factored into this drive).

Peachtree Ridge (3-5; 3-3) would show they would fight answering back with another long drive going 12 plays and 83 yards only to end it with a 21-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau to cut the Norcross lead to ten, 13-3 with 6:45 left in the first half. The Blue Devils added a Joseph 1-yard touchdown run late in the half for a 19-3 halftime lead.

In the second half Norcross’ stud running back Alvin Kamara would finally get into the scoring act albeit via the air. Kamara would catch touchdown passes of 22 and 27 yards to stretch the Blue Devils lead to 33-3 with 8:41 remaining in the game. Kamara, who did not score a rushing touchdown for only the second time this season after leaving the Parkview game with an ankle injury,  finished the night with 16 carries and 86 yards on the ground and 4 receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

Joseph Mahfood would tack on a 32-yard field goal with 2:35 left in the game for the final 36-3 margin . Myles Autry tallied 71 yards rushing on 4 carries while Wilbur was 12-17 248 yards 3TD passing for Norcross (9-0; 7-0).

Peachtree Ridge’s Jordan Ellis finished the night with 16 totes for 101 yards but never crossed the goal line.

Norcross now has a bye week before closing the regular season against the weakest region foe they’ll see this season in Meadowcreek (0-8; 0-6) on November 9th, after that, the first round its the Georgia 6A playoffs against the four-seed out of Region 6-6A.

North Gwinnett all but locked up the No.2 seed from region 7-6A with a 34-28 road win at Collins Hill.

The Camden County Wildcats improved to  8-0 overall and 6-0 in the region with a 42-8 win over region foe Brunswick (3-5; 0-4). Georgia commit Brice Ramsey threw for three touchdown hitting “Solid Sophomore” Antonio Wimbush on a 32-yarder in the second half on one of those, before the deep depth at Camden entered the ball game. J.J. Green (Georgia commit) scored on a 30-yard touchdown run, his 45th total TD as a Camden County Wildcat. Camden will now hit the road for a nationally televised game at region power Lowndes (9-0; 5-0) with a trip to Colquitt County (5-3; 2-2) to close the regular season.

ML King remained in sole possession of first place in Region 6-5A with a 49-28 win over region foe Stephenson (5-2; 5-2). ML King now leads the overall series against Stephenson 4-3 and prior to Friday’s outcome the last two games had been decided by a total of 3 points. ML King is now 8-0 overall 7-0 in the region. The Lions will suit up next week against Tucker (7-1; 6-1), who defeated Miller Grove (6-2; 5-2) 28-13, for a shot to stay in the driver’s seat in the region title race.

Lovejoy held a 37-6 lead at halftime against Region 2-6A foe Newton (3-5; 3-1). Georgia Tech commit Travis Custis scored multiple touchdowns in the 51-6 winning effort by the Lovejoy Wildcats (8-1; 5-0). The Wildcats are off this week before closing the regular season against Alcovy (3-5; 2-2) on November 9th. Lovejoy has outscored their opponents 333-40 during their current seven game winning streak since their loss at Colquitt County when they were held to a season low 7 points. During that span they have recorded three shutouts and have scored 50 or more points in four of those seven wins.